Con­sid­er­a­tions for a moral de­ci­sion

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Should a Catholic vote for a politi­cian who is in fa­vor of abor­tion? Catholics should be guided by a con­science formed by Catholic moral teach­ing. Catholics should be against abor­tion, but when they go to the polls there are other life-re­lated is­sues to con­sider. Pope Fran­cis is very clear on this: “We can­not in­sist only on is­sues re­lated to abor­tion, gay mar­riage and the use of con­tra­cep­tive meth­ods. This is not pos­si­ble.”

As you vote, ask your­self: What is the can­di­date go­ing to do to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment, im­mi­grants, refugees, the el­derly, the dis­abled? Does he or she sup­port poli­cies that lessen hunger and home­less­ness, im­prove ed­u­ca­tion and health­care, strengthen the econ­omy and in­crease wages? Is he/she rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of ev­ery­one, espe­cially the poor, or does he/she care more about the rich and pow­er­ful?

Be­ing pro-life means pro­tect­ing all life not just be­ing against abor­tion. I hope Catholics and peo­ple of good faith will not be fooled by politi­cians who say they are against abor­tion not be­cause they care about chil­dren, but only be­cause they want their votes. Vote ac­cord­ing to your con­science, not your party. – Father Misael Avila, River­bank

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